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speak up

phrasal verb with speak uk   us   /spiːk/ verb (spoke, spoken)
B2 to ​speak in a ​loudervoice so that ​people can ​hear you: Could you ​speak up? We can't ​hear at the back.

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speak up

phrasal verb with speak  us   /spik/ verb (past tense spoke  /spoʊk/ , past participle spoken  /ˈspoʊ·kən/ )
  • (TALK LOUD)

to speak ​louder: Speak up! We can’t ​hear you in the back.

speak up

phrasal verb with speak  us   /spik/ verb (past tense spoke  /spoʊk/ , past participle spoken  /ˈspoʊ·kən/ )
  • (EXPRESS OPINION)

to ​expressyouropinion: If you ​disagree, ​please speak up.
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